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  • The John Steinbeck Award: "In the Souls of the People." | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    February 27 The previous night at a dinner at the Capital Club in San José Browne received the Award and in his acceptance speech talked about his father s great love of Steinbeck s writing Now my father and I may have had our differences said Browne but at least we could agree on Steinbeck 2002 Studs Terkel Raconteur and radio host author and activist Studs Terkel was a national treasure but probably more important to him the pride of Chicago His daily radio show on WFMT in Chicago ran for five decades during which Terkel interviewed luminaries such as Bertrand Russell Maya Angelou Pete Seeger and Muhammad Ali But Terkel may be better known for taping off the air conversations with ordinary Americans talk that served as the source of books such as Hard Times Working and The Good War On October 2 at a packed Herbst Theatre in San Francisco Terkel appeared in conversation with longtime friend Calvin Trillin and received the Steinbeck Award Trillin reminded the audience that Terkel had written the introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Grapes of Wrath a book Terkel called an anthem in praise of community 2003 Joan Baez With her smooth soprano voice and her steadfast commitment to pacifism and civil rights Joan Baez was a major figure both in the 60 s folk music scene and in the civil rights movement In those turbulent times Baez sang and spoke of freedom everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the back of flatbed trucks in Mississippi to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the historic March on Washington On those steps in 1963 Baez led 500 000 people in singing We Shall Overcome On February 26 2003 Baez received the Steinbeck Award at a reception after a benefit concert at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City Just a few days prior Baez had been in San Francisco taking part in an anti war rally 2004 Sean Penn On September 10 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco a capacity crowd heard social activist and actor Sean Penn offer candid answers to his interviewer Peter Coyote as expected But the audience could scarcely believe what they saw as the benefit was concluding Bruce Springsteen unexpected and unannounced walking onstage to present the Steinbeck Award Of the Academy Award winning actor Springsteen said He risks his coolness with the choices he makes He never cheats his audience Penn thanked Springsteen calling him one of the most creative inspirations in my life and then asked for the audience s indulgence as he read a five minute passage railing against war It sounded like vintage Penn but as Penn revealed the author was in fact John Steinbeck 2007 Garrison Keillor Actor author singer screenwriter Garrison Keillor is all of these But mostly he will be known for being the discoverer of the Lake Wobegon effect and the creator and host of a decades long mainstay of radio called

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  • 2016 International Steinbeck Conference | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    globe the John Steinbeck Society of Japan boasts one of the strongest memberships of any foreign author society dedicated to an American author with annual conferences and a peer edited scholarly journal If any 20th century American author can be considered an international writer it is Steinbeck The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars formerly the John Steinbeck Society of America invites conference papers that examine Steinbeck as an international translational writer Contributions are welcome from a wide variety of theoretical applications such as Steinbeck s connections to world literature and world thought for example Classical Greek and Roman Eastern and twentieth century Russian How has Steinbeck adapted not only themes but also aesthetic choices and narrative strategies Other topics are welcome as well deep ecology power and subjugation the concept of democracy and America ethics and philosophy gender studies Those wishing to present proposals for presentation can submit them online from September 2015 to February 2016 Presenters will be asked to sign a release so that papers may be considered for publication in Steinbeck Review If you are unable to attend the conference in person virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic journal Richard Astro Keynote Speaker Provost Emeritus and Professor of English at Drexel University Author of many works of Steinbeck scholarship including John Steinbeck and Edward F Ricketts The Shaping of a Novelist Robert DeMott Banquet Speaker Professor Emeritus at Ohio University Author of Steinbeck s Reading A Catalogue of Books Owned and Borrowed Working Days The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath 1938 1941 and Steinbeck s Typewriter Essays on His Art among many other titles Conference Directors Nicholas P Taylor Director Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies Tom Barden Professor Emeritus University of Toledo Barbara A Heavilin Editor in Chief Steinbeck Review Conference Steering Committee Danica Čerče University of Ljubljana Slovenia Chuck Etheridge Texas A M University Corpus Christi Mimi Gladstein University of Texas El Paso Luchen Li University of New Hampshire Paper Proposals The conference steering committee will read proposals on a rolling basis Acceptances will be sent as soon as possible and no later than March 15 2016 Attendees are encouraged to submit a paper for presentation but a paper is not required for attendance Registration Registration for the 3 day conference is 150 or 100 for students The registration fee includes continental breakfast all three days lunch on Wednesday and Thursday and the banquet dinner on Thursday evening Online Registration Form select Conference Registrations 2016 Steinbeck Conference Registration Accommodations The conference will be held on the campus of San Jose State University in downtown San Jose Unfortunately no guest rooms are available on campus for conference attendees however downtown San Jose features a wide variety of hotels at multiple price points Here are a few examples Fairmont San José This four star hotel is located three blocks 0 4 mi 0 6 km from campus The conference

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  • Bibliography | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    Steinbeck Country Tour Donors Center Hours and Info Martha Heasley Cox Lee Richard Hayman Calls for Papers Steinbeck Festival Steinbeck Society Fellows Apply 2014 2015 Fellows 2013 2014 Fellows 2012 2013 Fellows 2011 2012 Fellows 2010 2011 Fellows 2009 2010 Fellows 2008 2009 Fellows 2007 2008 Fellows 2006 2007 Fellows 2005 2006 Fellows 2004 2005 Fellows 2003 2004 Fellows 2002 2003 Fellows 2001 2002 Fellows Journal Subscribe Steinbeck Review Calls For Papers Steinbeck Festival Past Events Resources Teaching Works Steinbeck s Nobel Prize Speech Why Read John Steinbeck SJSU Home The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies Bibliography Bibliography MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies Steinbeck Booksellers Project History Secondary Bibliography Steinbeck s Reading Bibliography Biography Donors Awards Fellows Journal Works Resources Teaching Past Events The Bibliographical resources offered by the Center for Steinbeck Studies include a Searchable Secondary Bibliography and a complete on line version of Robert DeMott s Steinbeck s Reading A Catalogue of Books Owned and Borrowed If you are a Steinbeck fan and collector you may wish to check our listings of Steinbeck Booksellers SJSU Links and Resources Information for Alumni Current Students Donors

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  • Steinbeck Booksellers | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    Prizes and Awards Steinbeck s Nobel Prize Speech Steinbeck Country Tour Donors Center Hours and Info Martha Heasley Cox Lee Richard Hayman Calls for Papers Steinbeck Festival Steinbeck Society Fellows Apply 2014 2015 Fellows 2013 2014 Fellows 2012 2013 Fellows 2011 2012 Fellows 2010 2011 Fellows 2009 2010 Fellows 2008 2009 Fellows 2007 2008 Fellows 2006 2007 Fellows 2005 2006 Fellows 2004 2005 Fellows 2003 2004 Fellows 2002 2003 Fellows 2001 2002 Fellows Journal Subscribe Steinbeck Review Calls For Papers Steinbeck Festival Past Events Resources Teaching Works Steinbeck s Nobel Prize Speech Why Read John Steinbeck SJSU Home The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies Bibliography Steinbeck Booksellers Steinbeck Booksellers MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to Bibliography an error occurred while processing this directive Steinbeck Booksellers Project History Secondary Bibliography Steinbeck s Reading Steinbeck signing books in 1963 He sat for hours in this bookstore in Budapest Hungary to accommodate patrons of the store BOOKSELLERS Jim Dourgarian Between the Covers If you would like to be listed here please send your information and web address tomhccfss gmail com SJSU Links and Resources Information for Alumni Current Students Donors Faculty Staff Future Students Researchers Colleges Applied Sciences

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  • Project History | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    on the sixth floor of the old Wahlquist Library answering the phone filing away articles typing numerous letters and copying materials for the Center On Saturdays Dr Cox and I would go to Stanford and UC Berkeley to locate new articles to add to the collection Professor Cox also worked for several days at the Steinbeck collection of the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin She also made several trips to New York City to work in the New York Public Library the Lincoln Center archives and a private collection of a Steinbeck scholar and collector She spent some time too at Viking Press where she was assigned a room to go through several large cartons of Steinbeck materials and have copies made if she wished For two years beginning in the fall of 1975 Professor Cox then worked on the bibliographic project with another assistant Greta Manville a graduate student at San Jose State University At one point Ms Manville and Professor Cox went to New York to continue research at the New York Public Library and the Lincoln Center archives Ms Manville remembers that trip as a wonderful one They relaxed after a hard day s labor by attending plays at night before returning to their hotel in the theater district Ms Manville graduated with a Master s Degree in English in 1978 by which time she had already left the bibliographic project to return to a successful corporate career Professor Cox contemplating retirement in a few years decided to limit her work at the University to half time but to continue teaching which necessitated her resignation as Director of the Steinbeck Center She continued work on the bibliography organizing the collected material which then existed only on cards recording entries and annotations and hiring typists to put it all into manuscript form She found it difficult however to make progress without the resources housed in the Center readily available and without assistants familiar with the material She reluctantly decided to delay publication even though the bibliography was complete through Steinbeck s lifetime and generally so up to 1979 until entries could be thoroughly checked in the Center and further updated After a hiatus of several years Professor Cox contacted Professor Paul Douglass then in charge of the Steinbeck Fellowship Program a newly endowed program begun in 2001 with funds donated by Professor Cox Professor Cox suggested that Ms Manville be offered a Steinbeck fellowship at SJSU if she would agree to return to the Center to update the bibliography as her fellowship project Though she was reluctant at first to take on such a huge labor Ms Manville eventually acceded and returned to San José to begin picking up the threads of the project in fall 2002 The bibliography was to be published in book form as originally planned However at the advice of several publishers contacted by Professor Cox and Ms Manville the goal changed to making the bibliography into an online

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  • Steinbeck's Reading: A Catalogue of Books Owned and Borrowed | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    2010 Fellows 2008 2009 Fellows 2007 2008 Fellows 2006 2007 Fellows 2005 2006 Fellows 2004 2005 Fellows 2003 2004 Fellows 2002 2003 Fellows 2001 2002 Fellows Journal Subscribe Steinbeck Review Calls For Papers Steinbeck Festival Past Events Resources Teaching Works Steinbeck s Nobel Prize Speech Why Read John Steinbeck SJSU Home The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies Bibliography Steinbeck s Reading A Catalogue of Books Owned and Borrowed Steinbeck s Reading A Catalogue of Books Owned and Borrowed MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to Bibliography an error occurred while processing this directive Steinbeck Booksellers Project History Secondary Bibliography Steinbeck s Reading Steinbeck in Budapest Hungary in 1963 autographing books at a book shop Dr Robert DeMott s seminal work Steinbeck s Reading A Catalogue of Books Owned and Borrowed is available below as PDFs by permission of the author This work has been a major resource for Steinbeck researchers and students since it was first published by Garland in 1984 Unfortunately Steinbeck s Reading is no longer in print In the interest of making this important work more available to the public Dr DeMott proposed to the Center that its web site host the book in digital form The Center is honored to do so Each link below goes to a section of the book and will open in your browser as a searchable PDF To expedite loading these PDFs are generally less than 15 pages long Note that Dr DeMott has written a New Preface Title Pages List Abbott to Blake Explanatory Notes Abbott to Freud Contents List Blake to Cooper Explanatory Notes Fromm to Norris Preface List Coulton to Flanagan Explanatory Notes Norris to Yeats New Preface 2009 List Flattely to Hughes Published Primary Sources Acknowledgments List Humboldt to London Other Primary and

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  • Biography | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    Calls For Papers Steinbeck Festival Past Events Resources Teaching Works Steinbeck s Nobel Prize Speech Why Read John Steinbeck SJSU Home The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies Biography Biography MySJSU Canvas Athletics Give to SJSU Navigate BACK to The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies an error occurred while processing this directive Bibliography Biography Donors Awards Fellows Journal Works Resources Teaching Past Events Sketchbook studies of Steinbeck by Ellwood Graham circa 1940 after JS s return from Mexico and the Sea of Cortez Brief Biography Born in Salinas California on February 27 1902 John Steinbeck remains the quintessential California writer Beginning in the 1930s he forged a significant place in the culture and letters of the United States as a writer deeply engaged with place with marginalized workers and ordinary people and with the political and social human dramas that confronted him More than any other writer of the United States in the 1900s he remained engaged in the struggles of his country He wrote social histories in the 1930s deeply ecological works in the 1940s early accounts of the Cold War when covering the Soviet Union in 1947 cultural studies of Mexico and Mexicans from the

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  • Biography in Depth | The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies | San Jose State University
    struggle between organizers and farmers is not who will win but how profound is the effect on the workers trapped in between manipulated by both interests At the height of his powers Steinbeck followed this large canvas with two books that round out what might be called his labor trilogy The tightly focused Of Mice and Men was one of the first in a long line of experiments a word he often used to identify a forthcoming project This play novelette intended to be both a novella and a script for a play is a tightly drafted study of bindlestiffs through whose dreams he wanted to represent the universal longings for a home Both the text and the critically acclaimed 1937 Broadway play which won the 1937 1938 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play made Steinbeck a household name assuring his popularity and for some his infamy His next novel intensified popular debate about Steinbeck s gritty subjects his uncompromising sympathy for the disenfranchised and his crass language The Grapes of Wrath sold out an advance edition of 19 804 by 1939 mid April was selling 10 000 copies per week by early May and had won the Pulitzer Prize for the year 1940 Published at the apex of the Depression the book about dispossessed farmers captured the decade s angst as well as the nation s legacy of fierce individualism visionary prosperity and determined westward movement It was like the best of Steinbeck s novels informed in part by documentary zeal in part by Steinbeck s ability to trace mythic and biblical patterns Lauded by critics nationwide for its scope and intensity The Grapes of Wrath attracted an equally vociferous minority opinion Oklahoma congressman Lyle Boren said that the dispossessed Joad s story was a dirty lying filthy manuscript Californians claimed the novel was a scourge on the state s munificence and an indignant Kern County its migrant population burgeoning banned the book well into the 1939 1945 war The righteous attacked the book s language or its crass gestures Granpa s struggle to keep his fly buttoned was not it seemed to some fit for print The Grapes of Wrath was a cause celebre The author abandoned the field exhausted from two years of research trips and personal commitment to the migrants woes from the five month push to write the final version from a deteriorating marriage to Carol and from an unnamed physical malady He retreated to Ed Ricketts and science announcing his intention to study seriously marine biology and to plan a collecting trip to the Sea of Cortez The text Steinbeck and Ricketts published in 1941 Sea of Cortez reissued in 1951 without Ed Ricketts s catalogue of species as The Log from the Sea of Cortez tells the story of that expedition It does more however The Log portion that Steinbeck wrote from Ed s notes in 1940 at the same time working on a film in Mexico The Forgotten Village contains his and Ed s philosophical musings his ecological perspective as well as keen observations on Mexican peasantry hermit crabs and dryball scientists Quipped New York Times critic Lewis Gannett there is in Sea of Cortez more of the whole man John Steinbeck than any of his novels Steinbeck the keen observer of life Steinbeck the scientist the seeker of truth the historian and journalist the writer Steinbeck was determined to participate in the war effort first doing patriotic work The Moon Is Down 1942 a play novelette about an occupied Northern European country and Bombs Away 1942 a portrait of bomber trainees and then going overseas for the New York Herald Tribune as a war correspondent In his war dispatches he wrote about the neglected corners of war that many journalists missed life at a British bomber station the allure of Bob Hope the song Lili Marlene and a diversionary mission off the Italian coast These columns were later collected in Once There Was a War 1958 Immediately after returning to the States a shattered Steinbeck wrote a nostalgic and lively account of his days on Cannery Row Cannery Row 1945 In 1945 however few reviewers recognized that the book s central metaphor the tide pool suggested a way to read this non teleological novel that examined the specimens who lived on Monterey s Cannery Row the street Steinbeck knew so well Steinbeck often felt misunderstood by book reviewers and critics and their barbs rankled the sensitive writer and would throughout his career A book resulting from a post war trip to the Soviet Union with Robert Capa in 1947 A Russian Journal 1948 seemed to many superficial Reviewers seemed doggedly either to misunderstand his biological naturalism or to expect him to compose another strident social critique like The Grapes of Wrath Commonplace phrases echoed in reviews of books of the 1940s and other experimental books of the 1950s and 1960s complete departure unexpected A humorous text like Cannery Row seemed fluff to many Set in La Paz Mexico The Pearl 1947 a folk tale a black white story like a parable as he wrote his agent tells of a young man who finds an astounding pearl loses his freedom in protecting his wealth and finally throws back into the sea the cause of his woes Reviews noted this as another slim volume by a major author of whom more was expected The Wayward Bus 1947 a cosmic Bus sputtered as well Steinbeck faltered both professionally and personally in the 1940s He divorced the loyal but volatile Carol in 1943 That same year he moved east with his second wife Gwyndolen Conger a lovely and talented woman nearly twenty years his junior who ultimately came to resent his growing stature and feel that her own creativity she was a singer had been stifled With Gwyn Steinbeck had two sons Thom and John but the marriage started falling apart shortly after the second son s birth ending in divorce in

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